DerWeg (1594) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impenetrable dark brown, w creamy tan head. Great creamy palate with a welcome leafy sting of light hop bittering. Super tasty toffee-chocolate with a bit of vanilla in aroma and taste (had not noted ’vanilla’ in name before rating.) Dark fruit, dried Khadrawi dates. Nose and finish has a bit of spice. Only a hint of acridity and a little roast, nice palate.
GRM (3762) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample, 4-ounce, draught, during the Ottawa Craft Beer Festival, savoured on August 29 2015; eye: black, opaque, ring of brown head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, slight burnt barley, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, vanilla; mouth: roasted barley, slight burnt barley, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, vanilla, finale in coffee with presence of vanilla, medium-full body, average carbonation, surprisingly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, 4 onces, en fût, durant le Ottawa Craft Beer Festival, savourée le 29 août 2015; œil : noire, opaque, anneau de mousse brun, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, très léger orge brûlée, chocolat noir, caramel brûlé, vanille; bouche : orge torréfiée, très léger orge brûlée, chocolat noir, caramel brûlé, vanille, finale en café avec présence de vanille, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, curieusement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement râpeuse; en résumé : bien
Strangebrewer (1179) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Poured dark brown with a thin mocha head. Sweet and roasty aroma of coffee and vanilla. Medium body, tight carbonation, slightly tart sour finish. Flavour of roasted malt, slightly smokey, hints of cocoa and vanilla. Fairly dry ending.
RhetoricalAns (849) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown pour, thin brown head. Little bit or retention. Strong vanilla aroma, some other malt aromas too, toffee, toasted, chocolate. Taste Is similar, vanilla mostly but balanced with the chocolate and other malt. Medium body, lighter carbonation. Great.
ncube (111) - - APR 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of vanilla, a bit if red fruit and dark malts. Taste is much the same. A bit of pleasant acridness from the dark malt. Balanced and easy drinking. Well done.
Frothmeister (733) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. Pours a clear dark, dark burgundy when held up to the light, with a beige head. Coffee, caramel, cocoa, graham cracker, but honestly, I’m not getting ANY vanilla on the nose. As for taste, Tootsie Rolls, caramel, roasty malt notes, and the most out of place hops I’ve ever tasted that lead into lots of coffee notes and caramel. Honestly, too much mineral heavy hopping that just doesn’t suit the profile of this particular beer. It’s a total distraction, which is unfortunate, because everything buried beneath them tastes pretty darn good. I can’t recommend it.
ametras (1342) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
600ml bottle. Dark brown with a frothy tan head. Flavors are toasted bread, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee and vanilla with ashy notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily texture.
tom10101 (5338) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (600 ml). Split 3-ways with the lady and the brother in law.
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium diminishing beige head and little lacing.
Aroma: A burst of vanilla followed by butterscotch, light coffee notes, hints of tobacco and light chocolate. Maybe a bit artificial?
Taste: Similar to the aroma. Vanilla is dominant, but not overpowering. The butterscotch is quite present too along tobacco, coffee/roasted malt and light fruitiness.
Palate: Medium body. Moderate to medium carbonation. A bit oily mouthfeel. Sticky vanilla finish along a butterscotch aftertaste.
Overall: Good Porter! Very tasty. A bit too flavorful (and borderline artificial) to be easily drinkable, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. Balance is decent.
OntBeerDrinker (515) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
jet black veary small fast carbnation a tiny little red at bottom cant see throw dark and mocha head looks great. Smell bitterness, toffee, vanilla, butterscotch and maybe coffee(roasted) a tad. Starts of watery medium bodied with lots of bitterness and some butterscotch and vanilla taste(sometimes lite sometimes strong) and lots of bitterness and some drys out with maybe a little roasted and chocolate taste. Good but not great. 5.6% version.
Stoned99 (1269) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with family in law. Aroma: coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, smokey. App: dark brown with small medium beige head. Taste and palate: medium creamy body, light sweetness, watery a bit, sweet and bitter finish. Overall: not bad, would have liked a more full body, less watery, but it’s still a good porter.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where and how: Bottle LCBO 600ml
Aroma on sweet side, vanilla, chocolate, milk.
Top: lighter tanned fizzy, rocky cap.
Base: dark brown into black.
Palate : medium bodied, dry finish.
Taste: straight roast, tad peppery with softening vanilla on chocolate-coffee plain. Mild bitterness on sides. Slight astringency.